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E-Stops: Standard Practice on Conveyor Packaging Lines

March 08, 2012

E-stop on Conveyor LinesHuman operated E-stops are used to stop conveyors and equipment due to jams or safety emergencies.

This cable e-stop is utilized on packaging conveyor lines, where floor workers are available to monitor production. The cable is tensioned with a spring, and can span great lengths of conveyors.  In the event of a jam, a nearby operator need only pull the cable to stop the conveyor.

The benefit of a cable e-stop is to reduce the quantity of e-stop actuators required for packaging lines. This reduces controls hardware costs because fewer e-stop actuators are required when cables are used on the conveyor line.

On lines that are not monitored regularly by plant personnel, automated e-stop devices can be used or a different controls scheme can be used for highly automated packaging conveyor lines.

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